The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Since 1994, the Ginsberg Center has published the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL), which is widely recognized as a leader in the field of community engaged scholarship. 

  • Current and past issues of the journal are available online
  • We have compiled a bibliography of often-cited articles from the journal that have significantly influenced community engagement in higher education. 
  • We invite you to explore other leading journals in the field, as well, to inform your community-engaged teaching and research.  

Goals of the Journal

  • Widen the community of civic engagement educators, engaged scholars, and their community partners, to expand the number of people who have a chance to experience the rich benefits that accrue to engaged scholarship participants.
  • Encourage research and pedagogical scholarship in civic engagement, campus-community partnerships, and engaged/public scholarship.
  • Honor and develop the intellectual vigor of students, staff, faculty, and community partners.
  • Contribute to the growth of civic engagement, and engaged/public scholarship in service to developing our country’s capacity to build a civic temper that inspires collective action to expand access and opportunity to political, economic and social power.

Current Call for Submissions

We seek lively and original writing on community and civic engagement that embraces both a scholarly voice with an expansive community voice. We encourage work that translates scholarly writing for multiple audiences, allowing university and community stakeholders to engage fully in the discovery, dissemination and application of ideas. We publish interdisciplinary scholarship as well as essays, criticism, narrative journalism, photography, and multimedia work.

We seek writing that probes hard questions and that balances theoretical or conceptual ideas with a sharp focus on the messy, complicated details of shared experience, of real places, of people and politics. Whatever the form, we value submissions that are both rigorous and accessible.

The MJCSL is looking for scholarship that tells stories of how and why we engage with communities outside of our own, and our aspiration is to appeal to both scholars and educated “lay” readers such as university students, policy professionals, activists, and anyone who’s interested in the complex and interconnected ways we engage one another.

We welcome contributions from academics, social scientists, journalists, community partners, and anyone else who writes incisively and in an engaging style. We're looking for insightful analyses. We welcome intellectual risk takers.

Submission Review Process

Feature Articles (3,000 - 5,000 words maximum)

Our feature articles are written for a broad audience and are cleanly and clearly written, with limited jargon. They have much in common with the best of long-form journalism: they’re empirically and theoretically driven and they help us think differently about the world.

Proposal and Review Process for Feature Articles

  1. Send a proposal* that includes:
    • Up to a 150-word summary of the main argument. Be sure to highlight how your work intervenes in an ongoing conversation.
    • The first few paragraphs and, if appropriate, section headings (make sure you tell us your big picture story here)
    • Five recommended resources that are less of a bibliography than giving readers context to your field and your vantage point.
    • Title, author name(s), institution(s)
    • *Please send your proposal as a word compatible document, titled as AuthorLast_Proposal_MonthYear (e.g., Smith_Proposal_Feb2018).
  2. The editorial team will review your proposal, to determine interest in pursuing it. If so, you will be invited to submit a full manuscript.
  3. Your manuscript will be reviewed prior to sending it out for external peer review. If it is considered ready, it will be sent to experts in the field for a confidential review.
  4. Once your manuscript is accepted it will go through a professional edit. We will always work to retain your voice, as we work with you to refine your manuscript.
  5. Upon publication we will send PDF copies to all authors.

*Updated February 21, 2018

Timeline

While we accept proposals at any time, we have three proposal review deadlines per year: April 1st, August 1st, and December 1st. Applicants can expect to hear back within 30 days from the start of each proposal review period.

If you are asked to submit a manuscript, the deadline to do so will be the June 1st following the request. Our aim is to complete the external review process and issue a decision within three months of the original date of full manuscript submission. Accepted manuscripts will be edited and published within one year, depending on the number and type of manuscripts in progress.

*Updated February 21, 2018

Contact Us

To submit your manuscript or any questions you may have, contact us at mjcsl@umich.edu.